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Henry VIII (2003)

Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Peter Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Henry VIII
Joss Ackland ... Henry VII
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Young Henry VIII
Charles Dance ... Duke of Buckingham
Mark Strong ... Duke of Norfolk
Assumpta Serna ... Katherine of Aragon
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... Edward Seymour
William Houston ... Thomas Seymour
Danny Webb ... Thomas Cromwell
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ... Tall Servant
David Suchet ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Scott Handy ... Lord Henry Percy
Helena Bonham Carter ... Anne Boleyn
Benjamin Whitrow ... Thomas Boleyn
Stephen Noonan Stephen Noonan ... Spanish Ambassador
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Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

£6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Helena Bonham Carter was pregnant with her first child at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

Immediately preceding the scene (interior) where the Pope is seen writing his refusal to divorce Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon, there is a panoramic view of the Vatican (with St. Peter's basilica), implying that the Pope was in Rome/the Vatican at the time.DIn fact, the Pope was at Orvieto at the time, and it was there, in the Papal palace, where he wrote and signed this particular document. See more »

Quotes

Katherine of Aragon: What did I do to upset you, that a maid of mine should turn against me like this?
Anne Boleyn: You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you so?
Anne Boleyn: What upsets the King, upsets me.
Katherine of Aragon: Let me tell you this. You want me to lie before God, and admit my first marriage was consummated? Well, it was not. You want me to retire, and withdraw my daughter's claim as sole rightful heir to the throne? Well, I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me within an inch of my life. So, I hope you have the ...
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Crazy Credits

Helena Bonham Carter receives second-billing in both parts despite Anne Boleyn getting the chop in the first part. Her contribution in part 2 is the pre-title reprise and flashbacks all already shown in part 1. See more »

Connections

Version of The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) See more »

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Couldn't they find someone younger and not pregnant for Anne?
14 November 2004 | by awriter2See all my reviews

Good lord - the instant I saw Helena Bonham Carter appear as Anne in the first episode, I thought two things: one, she is definitely looking her "nearly forty" age, and two, she's at least four months pregnant! No one could miss her dress sticking out to *there* even if they tried, despite the voluminous material.

I knew it wasn't my imagination when I found this in her biography:

"Delivered her first child, a boy, Billy Ray, with boyfriend Tim Burton on October 6, 2003"

That would have been just after shooting Henry VIII. I've enjoyed Carter's work over the years, but still - there are a zillion terrific English actresses who could have done (and looked!) the part equally as well.


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